University of Calgary Reviews

Updated Jan 11, 2021

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University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon
Elizabeth Cannon
246 Ratings
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  • "low salary, contracts are based on grants(in 23 reviews)

  • "extremely low pay, hours can be cancelled(in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Legal 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Calgary full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Union will provide job protection

    Cons

    union hours. work if not flexible.

  2. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Area Administrator in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Calgary full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - good benefits - good culture

    Cons

    - pay could be better


  3. "Worked as part time DB Manager under a professor."

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Database Manager in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Calgary part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Experience is good if you have a good supervisor. Pay can be good if your supervisor has a good grant because then you may be able to negotiate good pay. Good work environment. Many resources of different kinds for staff and students.

    Cons

    Parking can get expensive if you don't have a parking pass, and I don't think it accepts debit. Not very much indoor parking, so be prepared for a cold walk.

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  4. "Best uni ever"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Calgary, AB

    I worked at University of Calgary full-time

    Pros

    High quality professionals, good salaries

    Cons

    No cons, it’s the best place I’ve ever worked

  5. "Tied closely to the government"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Advisor in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Calgary full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent tuition support for classes, and there is healthcare coverage for employees.

    Cons

    tied to government, which currently doesn't support public services (incl. universities). Lots of budget cuts. Many of the incentives of working here are gone.

  6. "Research"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Researcher in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Calgary full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good location, slow pace of work

    Cons

    No growth at all if you stick. Do not stick for long

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  7. "Salary"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Calgary, AB

    I worked at University of Calgary full-time

    Pros

    Work environment, culture, friends and city

    Cons

    Salary, pressure, poor work life balance

  8. "good"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at University of Calgary full-time

    Pros

    very good, decent, effective, friendly,

    Cons

    no problem, intense, all of the work are heavy

  9. "Excellent place to work as a student"

    5.0
    Current Employee - IT Customer Support in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at University of Calgary part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great experience to work as a part time student

    Cons

    The work can be pretty hectic

  10. COVID-19

    "The University is an outdated, bureaucratic institution"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Research Lab Technician in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Calgary full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits like tuition support and pension plan are good.

    Cons

    Paths for advancement are non-existent. A petition process is required to raise salary beyond 1% outside of employee reviews which is still only a 3-5% increase which barely covers cost of living increase, much less merit.

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